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Old Hat Monsters: Flavoring an Old Hat Encounter

Rise Turkeys, Rise!The dice land and, according to your random encounter, it’s one of those classics your crew has become way too familiar with. Zombies, trolls, giant spiders, goblins, and worgs can fail to excite more experienced players. Maybe you scroll through some of my old templates and add a twist to the monster, but frankly there’s only so many times that’s going to work until they start calling you M. Night Shyamalan.

So do you skip it? That isn’t palatable because they are running willy-nilly through a dark forest and the ghost of Gary Gygax demands you hit them with something. Here’s a hard truth: Your players aren’t bored with those Old Hat Monsters; they are bored with how you present them. Join me after the jump, and I’ll share some tidbits you can use to spice those encounters up again.

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Monarch of the Monsters Voting Begins

Monarch of the MonstersNow that you’ve seen the five finalists for the Monarch of the Monsters contest, you can vote! We’re opening the polls so that you can help crown the 2013 Monarch of the Monsters.

Which monster would you like to see win the Monarch of the Monsters 4 contest?

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Monarch of the Monsters 4: Phlogistian Faerie

Monarch of the MonstersIn the past few weeks, we had many wonderful entries to the Monarch of the Monsters contest, and our talented and skilled judges chose five finalists from among the entries. We now present those five finalists to you so that you can enjoy them, and, at the end of the week, vote on your favorite. This time, we have the phlogistian faerie by Jeff Lee.

A lithe, feminine form leaps and twirls amid the conflagration, not only unharmed by the flames, but seemingly buoyed by them. She tosses her fiery locks and gives a laugh like the roar of the wildfire itself.

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Monarch of the Monsters 4: Mask Wight

Monarch of the MonstersIn the past few weeks, we had many wonderful entries to the Monarch of the Monsters contest, and our talented and skilled judges chose five finalists from among the entries. We now present those five finalists to you so that you can enjoy them, and, at the end of the week, vote on your favorite. This time, we have the mask wight by Sersa Victory.

Millennia ago, two icons fell in love – the first, a lord of shadow and subterfuge; the other, a goddess of demons and destruction. While consummating their romance at the base of a crater left by a civilization-ending living comet, the two icons devised a plan to not merely slay the other icons, but wholly expunge them from time itself, leaving only each other.

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Monarch of the Monsters 4: Echo Demon

Monarch of the MonstersIn the past few weeks, we had many wonderful entries to the Monarch of the Monsters contest, and our talented and skilled judges chose five finalists from among the entries. We now present those five finalists to you so that you can enjoy them, and, at the end of the week, vote on your favorite. This time, we have the echo demon by Eric Hindley.

This vaguely humanoid creature has a bat-like face and large claws of twisted, rusting iron at the end of winged arms. Strangely soft rust-colored fur covers its body.

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